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06/07/17 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Axis Syllabus intensive workshop with Frey Faust. Early bird registration open!

Axis Syllabus intensive workshop with Frey Faust. Early bird registration open!
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Axis Syllabus intensive workshop with Frey Faust  will take place from October 27 till 29 in the beautiful surroundings of the Asvejos National Park 7o km from Vilnius.  The registration for the workshop is already open and early birds pay less! If they are early enough not to miss the moment until there are no more places left. Workshop full price is 340 EUR; early bird (until 25th of August) pays 290 EUR. Registration takes place here.

Detailed information about the workshop can be found on http://axissyllabusintensivewithfreyfaust.weebly.com/

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14/02/17 DANCE.LV reviews , experience abroad , Latest posts , reviews

How to measure the maturity of a performance? DanseFestival Barents in Hammerfest

How to measure the maturity of a performance? DanseFestival Barents in Hammerfest
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Inta Balode

This text is inspired by a conversation with the participants of Baltic Nordic collaboration project “45+” gathering dancers over age of 45 who are still active in the field. My thoughts and impressions about the project are in two texts written after meetings in Riga during Time to Dance festival and Hammerfest during DanseFestival Barents: “Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+”and “Far north makes a project 45+ last longer”. In this text I will look at the program of DanseFestival Barents from the perspective of speculating about maturity of some of the works I saw. I believe that artistic maturity is not really the same as passport maturity. The inspiration to look at the festival program from this perspective comes from the statement I heard from “45+” group: “Young people could have never created work like this.” Continue reading

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20/12/16 experience abroad , Latest posts , News , Personalities

Far north makes a project “45+” last longer

Far north makes a project “45+” last longer
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Inta Balode*

“You are provoking; you must be a journalist,” says one of the participants of the discussion after listening to couple of my questions to the group of choreographers of “45+” project gathered in their final lab in Hammerfest, Norway. Tonight “45+” members are discussing the future of the network. “It is good to ask questions but you are asking them to wrong people. Politicians are the ones to be asked!” he continues. I said that I have been doing also that and I know how complicated it is, how easy it is to make enemies just because of asking simple questions. At the same time, I believe that there are not wrong people to be asked. There are two reasons. First, I am interested in answers. Second, yes, I do provoke sometimes but it is for the sake of stimulating situations where I am more or less outsider. I am allowed to be the one thinking (or pretending to) think differently, to question and to doubt. Continue reading

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22/09/16 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , Personalities

Meeting Caroline Waters at ECITE 2016

Meeting Caroline Waters at ECITE 2016
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Ilze Zirina

Caroline Waters is CI practicioner since middle of 80’s. Based in Great Britain, Caroline is currently an Associate Lecturer of Dance at Chichester University, is a Broadcaster on Brighton and Hove Community Radio and a performer in Tanglehead Productions and The Carnival Collective.

Amongst all the traveling teaching at international level, Caroline was an Associate Lecturer at Dartington College of Arts UK for 11 years (96-07). At Dartington Caroline taught on the Contextual Studies part of the Theatre program, as well as many years on cross college collaboration projects. Continue reading

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12/09/16 contemporary dance in Latvia , experience abroad , News

Latvian and Bulgarian collaboration in dance performance “Wordless”

Latvian and Bulgarian collaboration in dance performance “Wordless”
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Inta Balode

On September 16 and 17, 2016 Latvian Contemporary Dance Choreographers Union is presenting choreographer’s Elena Jacinta’s dance performance „Wordless” which will be shown at Gertrudes Street Theatre at 19.00. One of the performers is Elena Angelova from Bulgaria. If international choreographers are working in Latvia quite often, then having a dancer from abroad is still quite rare thing. Because of that I decided to ask couple questions to Bulgarian Elena (yes, a choreographer is also Elena) whom I met last year for the first time. Continue reading

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09/09/16 experience abroad , Latest posts

Holding the Center. About ECITE 2016

Holding the Center. About ECITE 2016
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Ilze Zīriņa

There are many great people taking care for the development of contemporary dance as well as Contact Improvisation (CI) in Latvia. Still, feels like the development happens slow and has a certain heaviness in itself: enthusiasts are running out of strength and passion. They step back, other enthusiasts come instead and “fight” for few years. In 10 years Eco Village has been created and developed in Israel (Vertigo Eco Art Village, which was founded by Vertigo Dance Company in 2005). Everyone has its own speed, of course. But I still have this question – can we increase capacity? A special friend of mine says: “Passion is needed.” Do we miss it? Or organizing skills? Or may be center is missing? Common center to hold? Continue reading

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13/07/16 DANCE.LV reviews , experience abroad , Latest posts , reviews

The dictionary of our bodily stereotypes. About “Hardly Ever”

The dictionary of our bodily stereotypes. About “Hardly Ever”
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 Dārta Ceriņa*

Why do we eat avocado, if it does not have any flavor?

It is everywhere!

Bananas. They are nice.

Our preset notions and reputed opinions are like avocado – tasteless fruits with buttery texture, which green and porous bark we usually peel and throw away in the litter. Therefore, the bone of avocado – chestnut brown core does not give any gastronomical pleasure; it belongs to other redundant components in recycle bin. However, why do we eat it? Why do we make salads using only the valuable part of it? In addition, can we answer to those questions that in every day we make mute? Moreover – do our stereotypes and notions exist only in our linguistic nature? Maybe patterns of them hide in our bodies? These questions highlighted choreographer  Francesco Scavetta and Norwegian contemporary dance company Wee in their newest performance Hardly ever, which was presented at dance house Zirgu pasts during the festival Time to dance (Laiks dejot). At the performance Hardly ever you can look as a miniature avocado dictionary, which you cannot read, instead – use through bodily experience. Continue reading

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06/07/16 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+

Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+
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With the support from Nordic Culture Point Mobility Programme Network Funding and partners from Estonia and Norway a very nice and cherished for a long time idea of Latvian choreographer Olga Žitluhina became possible. The idea is to bring together dancers and choreographers of the age from 45 years from different countries and do something new and creative with all power of experience and will of project participants. The thought found its realization within a project “Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+”. Project’s 1st meeting took place in Latvia, Riga, June 5-9, 2016.

At the age of 88, legendary dance artist, Anna Halprin writes: “I am aging. My body is not the same as a twenty-year-old’s, and it doesn’t have the prescribed quality of being in social places. But I think an aged body has its own configurations of beauty.” Continue reading

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01/12/15 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts

A week given to reflect on what is what and how it is to be me. Dance, meditation and discussions.

A week given to reflect on what is what and how it is to be me. Dance, meditation and discussions.
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Gundija Zandersona

I was given a wonderful opportunity to participate in youth4youth organised weeklong training program Grow conscious and feel your body in Italy. I applied wanting to enrich my inner self, wanting to work on my inability to express certain emotions and improve my listening and responding skills in regards to my body. Training overview outlined the importance of connecting mind, spirit and emotions with the body through meditations, creative tasks and working on bio-energies, as a result growing and performing as a whole. Based on the project title I assumed I would find body awareness training practice useful as a dance artist as well as a spiritual being. I was curious to discover whether exercising the use of energy concentration in specific points of my body would reveal something new about my understanding of performativity and execution of movements. In other words, I was hoping to explore what I would call mindful moving or mindful dancing. Continue reading

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15/10/15 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Making, showing and seeing – why?

Making, showing and seeing – why?
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Madli Pesti*

In the beginning of golden October the Writing Movement Network met in Iceland, in a small village of Laugarvatn, in the middle of a bare, smoking country. The network brings together dance writers from five countries: Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. The hostess of the event was Sesselja Magnusdottir, dance critic and teacher from Iceland. She confronted us with three essential questions, that at first hearing may sound naive or even banal. But how much do we really go back to the basics and ask us what we are really doing? How often do we take time to ask the why-questions? The roaring rainstorm outside our cosy house and the possibility to look at the endless horizon inspired and stimulated our thinking process. Continue reading

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